Synopses & Reviews
Two harrowing crashes... A vanished rescue plane... A desperate fight for life in a frozen, hostile land... The quest to solve a seventy-year-old mystery
The author of the smash New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La delivers a gripping true story of endurance, bravery, ingenuity, and honor set in the vast Arctic wilderness of World War II and today.
On November 5, 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight slammed into the Greenland ice cap. Four days later, a B-17 on the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on the B-17 survived. The U.S. military launched a second daring rescue operation, but the Grumman Duck amphibious plane sent to find the men flew into a severe storm and vanished.
In this thrilling adventure, Mitchell Zuckoff offers a spellbinding account of these harrowing disasters and the fate of the survivors and their would-be saviors. Frozen in Time places us at the center of a group of valiant airmen fighting to stay alive through 148 days of a brutal Arctic winter by sheltering from subzero temperatures and vicious blizzards in the tail section of the broken B-17 until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen attempts to bring them to safety.
But that is only part of the story that unfolds in Frozen in Time. In present-day Greenland, Zuckoff joins the U.S. Coast Guard and North South Polar — a company led by the indefatigable dreamer Lou Sapienza, who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Ducks last flight — on a dangerous expedition to recover the remains of the lost planes crew.
Drawing on intensive research and Zuckoff s firsthand account of the dramatic 2012 expedition, Frozen in Time is a breathtaking blend of mystery, adventure, heroism, and survival. It is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and their families — and a tribute to the important, perilous, and often-overlooked work of the U.S. Coast Guard.
“You would think that all the World War II stories have been told by now. But Mitchell Zuckoff has a remarkable knack for finding new ones, and he has done it again, with a gripping, moving tale, suspensefully told whose final act takes place today.” Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
“Once again, Mitchell Zuckoff has uncovered a thrilling historical tale and told it masterfully. Seamlessly interweaving the past and the present, Frozen in Time is one of those epic adventure stories that will hold you in its grip from beginning to end.” David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z
“Frozen in Time is a beautifully-written war yarn, but at its heart, its a non-fiction mystery the tale of a group of heroes united in a desire to solve a riddle buried in the Arctic ice.” Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Hellhound on His Trail
“In this harrowing true-life adventure … Zuckoff's gripping narrative unfolds with immediacy and verve.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Detailed, tension filled, and gripping, this examination of methods of rescue and survival vividly places readers on the ice.” Library Journal
“An...exciting account involving characters of enormous courage and stamina.” Kirkus Reviews
Frozen in Time
is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times
bestseller Lost in Shangri-La
On November 5, 1942, a US cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap. Four days later, the B-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed. Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished.
Frozen in Time tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety. Mitchell Zuckoff takes the reader deep into the most hostile environment on earth, through hurricane-force winds, vicious blizzards, and subzero temperatures.
Moving forward to today, he recounts the efforts of the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. — led by indefatigable dreamer Lou Sapienza — who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Ducks last flight and recover the remains of its crew.
A breathtaking blend of mystery and adventure Mitchell Zuckoff's Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard.
About the Author
Mitchell Zuckoff is the author of Lost in Shangri-La, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Winship/PEN New England Award. His previous books include Robert Altman: The Oral Biography and Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend. He has written for national and regional publications and is a former special projects reporter for the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He is a professor of journalism at Boston University and lives outside Boston.